As Philly Visit Looms, Church Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Election Of Pope Francis

CBS Philly

By Mark Abrams

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Pope Francis will be arriving in Philadelphia at the end of September, capping a three-city tour that will be his first to the United States. Today, however, the Pope marks the second anniversary of his election as leader of the world’s of more than one-billion Roman Catholics.

When the newly-minted Pope Francis stepped out onto the balcony above the entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica two years ago, he was greeted by a cheering crowd of thousands. Many observers say he has managed to grow that “rock-star like status” as the leader of a church that was, at the time of his election, pummeled by clergy sex abuse scandals, and a Vatican in political and financial turmoil.

“He talks about simplicity, he talks about humility, he talks about trying to serve the poor. That’s like mom, Chevy and apple pie. Nobody’s going to argue…

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